I bought this truck used, but it only had 105,000 miles on it, so I expected it to perform decently despite its age; most of my family has owned Dodge trucks, and never had a problem.
About 2,000 miles after I bought it, the transmission started slipping; that is what killed the last two vehicles I had before it.
At 110,000 miles, the fuel gauge quit working, soon to be followed by the oil gauge; it burned a small amount of oil, but nothing too serious.
Then, at 133,500 miles, trouble struck. The radiator blew up suddenly, it was a 25 degree day, when all of sudden, boom - and I was only going 35 mph! Thank god I wasn't on the interstate. I paid $300 to have it fixed, only to have the transmission completely fall apart the next day; I don't know if this was caused by the explosion of the radiator.
This truck was marketed as a mid-size truck, bigger than a small truck, smaller than a big truck. However, that said.
Fuel consumption. On the highway, I averaged 23 mpg, in town, 17 mpg, which is excellent for a truck.
Even though it is 14 years old, there is no rust on this truck.
The engine itself was well-built, and continued to run with no problem, even with a destroyed radiator and transmission.
Completely anemic. Although not so bad in town, as soon as you approached hills, acceleration slacked, and on any real hills, you were lucky to crawl up them at 30 mph; I white-knuckled it on the interstate many times. This truck should have come with a standard V8; I can't even imagine what the performance on the 4 cyl. was like.
The transmission! This is the second Chrysler product I have owned, and once again, I have lost another good vehicle due to tranny problems. I am done with the company. How do they expect to stay in business when they can't build a good tranny?
The driver's side door wouldn't open after 130,000 miles, another ridiculous problem. Also, had trouble whenever it rained. Got stuck to many times to count.